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    {Review} LUCIFER’S MANSION: A Hellsworld Hotel Prequel, by Matthew Vaughn

    Published by Amazon Digital Services Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Haunted House, Horror, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Teen Slasher Format: eARC It’s Halloween night and for one small town it means the opening of the first haunted house attraction in their community, Lucifer’s Mansion. A strange new family named The Harrington’s moved into an old school house and transformed the building over the summer. Now, on a warm October night, the place has opened to the public. Everyone’s excited to get in to Lucifer’s Mansion, but how many of them are actually coming out? Lucifer’s Mansion is a dark and extreme story set a few years before…

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    {Review} BOTTLED, by Stephanie Ellis

    Published by Silver Shamrock Publishing Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Gothic, Haunted House, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Suspense Format: eARC The house was his, an unwanted and unwelcome inheritance. As a child, Tyler Torrence spent many miserable hours beneath its roof, hating his grandfather and the man’s housekeeper, Mrs. Waites. His only escape during those visits had been via the impossible bottles created by his granddad; bottles holding miniature worlds in which he could lose himself for hours. Sometimes however, he sensed something else living in the house and in the bottles and when he returned home, he took the nightmares with him.Now an adult, Tyler decides one last visit…

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    {Review} ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, by Kendare Blake

    Published by Tor Teen Genres: Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural, Suspense, witch, Young Adult Format: Paperback Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.  So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track,…

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    {Review} THE GARDEN OF BEWITCHMENT, by Catherine Cavendish

    Published by Flame Tree Press Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Gothic, Haunted House, Horror, Lovecraftian, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Supernatural Format: ARC Don’t play the game. In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leave their home in a Yorkshire town for life in a rural retreat on their beloved moors. But when a strange toy garden mysteriously appears, a chain of increasingly terrifying events is unleashed. Neighbour Matthew Dixon befriends Evelyn, but seems to have more than one secret to hide. Then the horror really begins. The Garden of Bewitchment is all too real and something is threatening the lives and sanity of the women. Evelyn no longer knows who – or…

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    {Review} BEYOND THE GATE (A Kathy Ryan novel), by Mary SanGiovanni

    Published by Lyrical Press Genres: Alien Contact, Cosmic Horror, Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Horror, Lovecraftian, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Suspense, Women Sleuths Format: eARC Kathy Ryan’s work as an occult investigator often leads her to the outskirts of society, law, and even reality…Knowing that other dimensions exist is one thing. Venturing into them is quite another. In the course of its experiments, Paragon Corp—a government-sourced theoretical physics research institute—has discovered a supposedly empty alternate world. There is strange, alien flora but seemingly no sentient beings…just a huge, abandoned city that a team of scientists is sent to explore. Then the scientists disappear. Kathy Ryan is hired…